Marine accident round-up : 11th April 2023

Fire erupted on the lifeboat deck of passenger / vehicle RoRo Mega Regina (IMO 8320573) during the afternoon of April 7th at Bastia, Corsica, during tests of new lifeboat equipment. The fire was extinguished by the crew and the ship was able to leave Bastia during the evening of the same day, bound for Nice.

1985-built, Italy-flagged, 37,864 gt Mega Regina is owned by Tourship Italia SpA and managed by Forship SpA, both of vado Ligure, SV, Italy. It is entered with North Standard (previously with Standard Club) on behalf of Caroline 97. As of the morning of April 8th it was on a short hop from Nice, France, to Toulon, France.

Container ship ship Annaba (IMO 9306201) struck a charted wreck outside the breakwater in the approach fairway while entering Thessaloniki port during the afternoon of April 3rd, arriving from Alexandria, Egypt. The ship suffered a hull crack on its port side. It was berthed at the Thessaloniki Port Authority Container Terminal two hours later for investigations to be carried out. The captain was reported as arrested. No pollution was reported, nor were there any injuries.

2006-built, Portugal-flagged, 15,487 gt Annaba is owned by Annaba Puritano Schiffahrts care of manager Peter Doehle Schffahrts KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Meter Doehle Schiffahrts KG. As of April 8th the vessel was moored at Thessaloniki Port, Greece, having arrived on April 3rd.

Container ship Maren (IMO 9245677) ran aground after its rudder failed and locked early on April 2nd local time while en route from Piraeus, Greece, to Poti, Georgia. No leaks, pollution or injury were reported. The cause of the incident and the extent of damage remained unknown for the time being.

2002-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 9.966 gt Maren is owned by OSS Shipping GmbH care of manager Jens U Waller GmbH of Drochtersen, Germany. It is entered with West of England Club (European Claims Team) on behalf of OSS Shipping GmbH. No AIS since April 1st, when the vessel was underway in the Black Sea, having been due to arrive in Poti on April 3rd.

General cargo ship Nordic Kylie (IMO 9357999) ran aground on an unmarked shallow in the Marghera Canal of the Venice Lagoon during the evening of April 1st while leaving Marghera en route to Ashdod. The ship managed to refloat after about half an hour by pumping out ballast water. It was then escorted by two tugs to the outer Venice Anchorage, where it moored at around 21:00.

2005-built, Liberia-flagged, 9,611 gt Nordic Kylie is owned by Nordic Kylie GmbH care of manager Auerbach Marine GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Hamburg) on behalf of Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement GmbH. As of April 8th it remained moored at Venice, scheduled to arrive at Ashdod, Israel, on April 12th. It is likely to be late.

A 40 year old pilotage employee from Den Oever, Netherlands, died in an accident on March 30th on pilot tender Lacerta (MMSI 244780377) off the coast of IJmuiden. At around 21:45 local time the man became trapped between a seagoing vessel and the 2013-built, 23 x 6m tender. The Dutch Safety Board, the Human Environment Inspectorate and the Labour Inspectorate are all investigating the incident, the circumstances of which were not yet clear. The emergency services were alerted immediately and the boat headed to the locks at the Zuidersluis Way, where ambulance staff and a trauma team were ready to provide assistance. The Maritime Police Team of the National Unit started an investigation into the actions of the captains of both ships